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Food Systems for New Realities - Agri4D 2021

Welcome to the online conference Agri4D 28-30 September

African vegetable market, Assomada, Santiago Island, Cape Verde Photo: Peter Adams / Getty Images

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Organised by SLU Global at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI), with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). 

About the Agri4D-conference

More than 800 million people in the world are undernourished, despite the growing scientific knowledge and decades of international aid. Natural resource conflicts, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly push more people into poverty and hunger. At the same time, obesity is an increasing health problem in almost all countries in the world. While the majority of existing food systems are drivers of biodiversity loss, greenhouse gas emissions and water insecurity, they also provide livelihoods to a majority of people.

Just and resilient food systems can contribute to all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At this year’s Agri4D conference, we ask the participants to specifically address the core question: ‘How can we shape sustainable and just food systems resilient to the new realities of changing climates, ongoing transformations in food production, supply and demand, health threats and pandemics?

The Agri4D platform

The objective of the conference is to present and integrate knowledge about potential solutions and outcomes, while identifying how those solutions might be incentivised and how, together, they can enable the social and economic transformations necessary to advance and achieve the goal of food and nutrition security for all.

With the ongoing pandemic, we will hold the conference online enabling a wide international participation creating a great potential for open and dynamic conversations. We divide the three days conference into 6 topics. The conference is a learning opportunity for all involved to raise awareness based on scientific knowledge.

Some history of Agri4D 

Interviews Agri4D 2019

"Agriculture is a corner stone in sustainable economic development"
Kerstin Jonsson Cissé, Head of the Global Sustainable Economic Development Unit at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), held a welcome speach at the Agri4D 2019.

"We need to find solutions for very small farmers"
Eric Malézieux is Director of the Agroecological Functioning and Performances of Horticultural Systems Research Unit at the French Agricultural Research and International Cooperation Organization (CIRAD). He gave a keynote speach at the Agri4D 2019.

"One of the most important policies is investing in rural young women"
Aslihan Arslan is Senior Research Economist at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). She was invited to SLU to present the "IFAD Rural Development report 2019: Creating opportunities for rural youth", at the Agri4D 2019 conference.

Organising committee

The Agri4D organising committee is represented by a number of people from both SIANI, SLU Global and Akademikonferens. 

  • Alin Kadfak, project leader
  • Emil Planting Mollaoglu, ass. project leader/ co-moderator
  • Maja Malmberg, ass. project leader
  • Marina Ledoux, project leader Akademikonferens
  • Agnes Bondesson, web editor/ social media
  • Katarina Börling, research officer



Published: 20 May 2021 - Page editor: agnes.bondesson@slu.se